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HL:UFC boss confirms Cro Cop is back, but doubts The Iceman will return@

May 21, 2009 6:51 pm | by Neil Davidson@Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS — Despite rumblings to the contrary, UFC president Dana White believes former light-heavyweight champion Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell's fighting days are over.White, a longtime friend and former manager of Liddell, essentially announced Liddell's retirement after his loss to Mauricio...

NAACP branch chartered in Grand Forks, 1st Ld-Writethru, ND

May 21, 2009 6:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — NAACP members say they have started a chapter in North Dakota, one of the last two states to have such a group.Ronald Cooper is the president of the new state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He said the Grand Forks Northern Lights...

Federal board rejects challenge to I-40 project, 1st Ld-Writethru, OK

May 21, 2009 6:45 pm | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal agency has authorized the relocation of an Oklahoma City railway line that lies in the path of the most expensive highway construction project ever undertaken in the state.In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, the Surface Transportation Board granted an application by...

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Video shows 53 inmates escaping Mexican prison, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by JULIE WATSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Security camera footage shows that guards at a Mexican prison nonchalantly stood by as 53 dangerous inmates walked out — and didn't rush into action with their guns drawn until well after their convoy of escape vehicles had disappeared into the inky night.The footage, first...

Courant, Day take top SPJ honors, CT

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A first-person account of child pornography accusations against a Hartford doctor, and stories about foreign workers at Pfizer Inc. won top awards in the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' annual excellence in journalism awards.Judges singled...

Rural bankers see improvements in Midwest economy, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — While U.S. economic conditions remain weak, rural bankers in 11 Midwest and Plains states reported improvements for the third month in a row.The bankers who responded to the monthly Rural Mainstreet survey cited an increase in home sales and healthy banking as factors in the...

Soldiers honored at state Capitol, 1st Ld-Writethru, ND

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A special ceremony at Memorial Hall in the state Capitol on Thursday paid tribute to service members killed in the war on terror.Calli Beyer of Jamestown sang a song she wrote for college classmate Philip Brown, who died in Iraq in 2004.The song comforted her two years later,...

Small airliners bump at gate at LA International, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CA

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — American Eagle says one of its regional jets bumped the tail of another as it was pushing back from a gate at Los Angeles International Airport.A statement from the airline says Flight 3085, an Embraer EMB-140 bound for San Diego, had just pushed back from the gate Thursday when...

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56 have been in NYC hospitals with swine flu, 3rd Ld-Writethru, NY

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

7 NEW YORK (AP) — More than 50 people have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of swine flu in the city since the outbreak began, a Health Department spokeswoman said Thursday as the city planned to scrub down part of the massive Rikers Island jail complex because of the flu.Health Department...

HL:Sun Life Financial bracing for economic pain, shifts investments@

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) will shift a greater proportion of its investments into hard assets such as roads and bridges in order to prepare for the ugliness that's yet to occur in the economy, its chief executive officer says."There's a fair way to run in terms of economic pain,"...

volontaires du carbone ont double en 2008, selon les auteurs du nouvel ouvrage publie par Earthscan

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDRES-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — 22 mai 2009-- Un recent rapport d'Ecosystem Marketplace (organisation a l'origine du nouvel ouvrage publie par Earthcan : Voluntary Carbon Markets- Les marches volontaires du carbone) et de New Carbon Finance confirme que 123 millions de tonnes de credits-carbone,...

HL:Klees offers PST cut as four PC leadership hopefuls debate at UWO@

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by Keith Leslie@Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON, Ont. — Progressive Conservative leadership hopefuls Frank Klees and Randy Hillier are promising to cut Ontario's eight per cent sales tax if the party wins the 2011 election to offset the impact of harmonizing the PST with the five per cent goods and services tax.All four candidates for the...

Firm: Median home price in NorCal rises slightly, 3rd Ld-Writethru, CA

May 21, 2009 6:43 pm | by JACOB ADELMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The median home price in Northern California increased nearly 5 percent last month from March, suggesting some parts of the region's housing market could be stabilizing, a tracking firm said Thursday.The increase marks a reversal of the steady month-to-month price declines in the...

Judge confirms Ilikai units sale to iStar, 1st Ld-Writethru, HI

May 21, 2009 6:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — New York-based iStar FM Loans LLC has bought 203 foreclosed residential condo units and 16 foreclosed commercial units in the iconic Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki for $51 million.Circuit Judge Karen Blondin on Thursday confirmed the sale with iStar as the high bidder.The company was the...

Henry signs bill changing civil justice system, 1st Ld-Writethru, OK

May 21, 2009 6:38 pm | by RON JENKINS - Associated Press Water - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Everyone claimed victory Thursday as Gov. Brad Henry signed into a law a bill supporters said would curb civil lawsuit costs in Oklahoma.Henry said the compromise Republican-sponsored bill will cut down on lawsuits without impeding a citizen's access to the courts.Among the...

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